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Women MAKE America Nominations Open Aug. 1

July 28, 2023

Starting Tuesday, Aug. 1, nominations will be accepted for the 2024 Women MAKE America Awards to spotlight the next generation of female manufacturing talent. The OMA wants to help ensure its membership is well represented.

According to The Manufacturing Institute, the Women MAKE America initiative is the nation’s marquee program to close the gender gap in manufacturing. Learn more and bookmark this site to submit award nominations. 7/26/2023

Webinar: Ohio’s Defense Manufacturing Workforce

July 28, 2023

On Aug. 17, the OMA Workforce Services team will host a webinar to spotlight the successes and lessons learned from the Ohio Defense Manufacturing Community (ODMC) grant initiative — and what’s next. Learn more and register.

Led by the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), the ODMC grant aims to improve manufacturing processes while training workers for next-generation defense manufacturing jobs. This webinar will feature insights from the OMA’s ODMC partners as the project comes to an end and as leaders plan the next steps to grow Ohio’s defense manufacturing capabilities. 7/27/2023

Registration Is Open: Ohio Manufacturers’ Workforce Summit

July 21, 2023

Registration has opened for this year’s Ohio Manufacturers’ Workforce Summit, set for Nov. 8 in Westerville. This all-day event will showcase best practices, innovations, tools, and strategies to attract talent to your manufacturing business. See the agenda.

A special focus of this summit will be how the federal Good Jobs Challenge grant is helping local and regional leaders grow Ohio’s manufacturing labor pool. The cost for OMA members is $125; non-members $175. You’re encouraged to register soon since seats will fill quickly. 7/18/2023

Welcoming More Women to Your Workforce

July 21, 2023

IndustryWeek has spotlighted some of the challenges facing women who pursue careers in the skilled trades, including at manufacturing firms. According to the American Welding Society, just 5% of welders are women.

Workforce leaders note that by adding women to their workforce, employers are encouraging younger women and teens to consider careers in the trades. If a company’s senior management prioritizes gender inclusivity in the workplace, the sentiment will “trickle down” to the employees and HR, experts say. 7/18/2023

Manufacturing Camps Inspire Young Ohioans

July 14, 2023

Ohio’s annual summer manufacturing camps — coordinated for more than a decade by the office of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and promoted by the OMA — are well underway. Designed for kids in grades 4-8, this year’s 36 camps (held in 26 counties) are leaving a positive impression on young participants. At the same time, they help spread the good news about manufacturing careers to parents and educators.

See recent coverage of the camps by the following media outlets: The Lima News, The Blade (Toledo), the Star Beacon (Ashtabula), WKBN (Youngstown), The Crescent-News (Northwest Ohio), The Avertiser-Tribune (Tiffin), Mahoning Matters (Mahoning Valley), NBC 4 (Columbus), and the Record Herald (Washington Court House). 7/12/2023

Two Weeks Remain to Apply for July Round of TechCred

July 14, 2023

Just two weeks remain for employers to apply for the current round of TechCred. The popular training reimbursement program will accept applications until 3 p.m. July 31. Businesses of all sizes are eligible for up to $30,000 per round — and up to $180,000 per year. Apply here.

According to Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, 367 employers were approved for funding during the May application round, providing the opportunity for Ohioans to earn 4,297 tech-focused credentials. Manufacturers typically lead the way in approved applications.

Ohio’s new state budget invests $50 million over two years in TechCred — a funding level that was originally proposed by the DeWine-Husted administration and supported by the OMA. 7/12/2023

Boosting Welding Skills Through ITAGs

July 14, 2023

Workers who wish to further their skills-based education can be frustrated when they aren’t credited for what they already know.

That’s why Industry-Recognized Credential Transfer Assurance Guides (ITAGs) are part of an Ohio initiative to ensure students can earn college credit for their industry-recognized certifications and their time in the workforce.

ITAGS had previously existed for electrical engineering technology and mechanical engineering technology. Now, according to the Ohio Department of Higher Education, welding has been added to the list. This will assist employers with workforce advancement and retention, while lowering tuition reimbursement/pre-imbursement costs.

For questions, email the Department of Higher Education. 7/13/2023

Introducing WorkforceDataTools

July 7, 2023

WorkforceDataTools — a new OhioMeansJobs resource developed in partnership with multiple state agencies — can help Ohio manufacturers assess the current labor force supply and future employment projections.

This no-cost tool allows employers to analyze regional workforce dynamics, ensuring more informed decision making and strategic planning. Check it out. 7/6/2023

Bill Aims to Link High School Students to Local Jobs

July 7, 2023

Legislation aimed at better preparing high school students for local jobs has been sent to the full Ohio House for consideration.

House Bill 71 would direct the Ohio Department of Education to establish and oversee the Community Connectors Workforce Program, designed to connect students to jobs and internships in their communities. Educational service centers would administer the program, including employing directors in high schools. Read the bill summary. 7/3/2023

New Application Round for TechCred

June 29, 2023

A popular training reimbursement program among Ohio manufacturers, TechCred will open its next application round Monday, July 3. Applications will be accepted until 3 p.m. July 31. Businesses of all sizes are eligible for up to $30,000 per round and up to $180,000 per year. Get more details. 6/28/2023